Pair of Shutouts by Sailfish Pitching Gives the Fish a Season Sweep of Lynn University
April 18, 2012
Written By: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for Athletic Communications
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla.- Sailfish pitching was the story on Wednesday evening at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex as the Palm Beach Atlantic softball team swept Lynn University with a pair of shutouts on their way to six straight wins. The Fish utilized a walk-off hit in the seventh inning of game one to secure a 1-0 victory while pounding LU pitching for a 9-0 win in five innings of game two.
The pair of victories pushes PBA’s season record to 27-21 with only four regular season games remaining. The Fish will host Rollins College on Saturday, April 21st at 3 pm while also hosting Northwood University on Wednesday, April 25th for a 4:30 double-header. Both dates will be played at the Lake Catherine Sportsplex.
In what lasted just over an hour and a half, game one featured the quick and effective work of PBA pitcher Mary Pippin (17-11) and LU’s Missy Montgomery (2-16).
The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning as the Fish managed only one hit while the Knights were successful with two base hits through seven innings.
The Sailfish rally in the bottom of the seventh began with a one-out single by Lisa Santos followed by pinch-runner Brittany Schneider taking her place. A walk to Camille Benito and a heads up bunt single by Mari Stokes then loaded the bases for Mackenzie Johnson.
What happened next was an all-around odd occurrence. Johnson hit a hard groundball to LU shortstop Lauren Garceau who fielded it cleanly and fired her throw toward the plate in hopes of cutting down the sprinting Schneider. Although LU catcher Marianne Johnson would field the throw with little problem, her foot was not on the plate for the force-out which allowed Schneider to come across for the game-winning run.
Pippin earned the win as she allowed only two LU hits and did not walk a batter while striking out eight.
Montgomery was the tough luck loser as she drops to 2-16 with three hits allowed and one run (unearned) with three walks and three strikeouts.
Garceau collected two hits in the loss for Lynn.
The second game of the double-header would not go as smooth for Lynn pitching as Kasey Murray was not able to make it out of the second inning.
Palm Beach Atlantic scored two runs in the first, both off wild-pitches, while plating three more runs in the third to end the night for Murray.
Miranda Welch provided a 2-run single to plate Erica Walters and Kara Anderson while Camille Benito chipped in with a RBI single as well.
Montgomery returned to the circle for LU but would not have the same type of success she experienced in game one as the Fish produced added a run in the third inning and three more in the fourth.
Benito doubled home a run in the fourth while Stokes and Johnson contributed run-scoring singles as well.
Lauren Bubeck was solid in the circle for Palm Beach Atlantic in game two as the senior from Tequesta, Florida earned her sixth win of the year by allowing only five hits with no walks and four strikeouts.